Prayer Vigil for Detained Lutheran Pastor

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Pastor Betty Rendon, who serves at Emaus Lutheran Church in Racine, was detained by ICE on Tuesday, May 14 and remains in custody. Her daughter, who has DACA status, was also detained and later released. Bishop Paul Erickson of the Greater Milwaukee Synod said Rendon was a “candidate approved for ordination” but could not be ordained until she had legal status in the United States. A doctoral student at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, “She was caught in this in-between time,” Erickson said. “She’s a good preacher and she was filling in as kind of an independent contractor … but she was helping out, preaching some Sundays at Emaus in Racine.” Rendon has been trying to receive asylum for several years and was recently rejected. After she was arrested, Rendon moved to appeal the decision.

Here are two ways to take action:

  1. Join the Prayer Vigil outside the detention center TODAY. The Racine Interfaith Coalition will be holding a prayer vigil outside the Kenosha detention center today (Wednesday) at 6:00 pm. The address is 4777 88th Ave, Kenosha.
  2. Join the Prayer Vigil at Scoville Park, at the corner of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park, IL at 7pm tonight led by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

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